Thoughts

From bryan Close

Sometimes deep, sometimes light, our team is constantly reading, observing, making connections to the past, and prospecting the future. Here are some of our musings:

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Drawn U | Interdisciplinary Design

When appreciation for the philosophy of design meets authentic, instinctive design thinking, good things happen. We believe that the best design is second nature and comes from truly embracing interdisciplinary thinking.

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Drawn U | Tutoring Design

Learning something new — whether it’s how to speak Spanish or the language of design thinking — can be tough. You can think of us as a tutor to help you with the latter.

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Human-Centered Design is Just Good Design

Human-centered design — a wholistic approach to problem-solving and design that allows room for empathic understanding and iterative prototyping — is really just good design. Period.

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The Value of the Back Porch

Asking the right questions in the right setting can have a huge impact on the quality of information that you collect.

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Why You Should Allow Room for Tacit Decisions

Hunches happen. They can be used as a valuable decision-making tool and, at the very least, they're worth a quick assessment.

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Think Big — Think Wholistically

Engagement's about more than taps on a screen. Ideally, it's synonymous with meaningful experience(s) and human connection. Shifting perspective. Leaving an impression. And it's worth doing it right.

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Good Design Evolves

If you want to create a product or service or brand that people are drawn to, you have to give it room to mature. Because chasing for attention doesn't look good on anyone.

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Designing Pubs + Design Thinking = Design of a New Digital Product

How an architectural design project led to another architectural design project that became a service design project and, eventually, a whole new product.

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At the Heart of Design Thinking

True design thinking asks us to consult the heart as well as the brain.

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Show, Don't Tell

Brands are made up of far more than "About Us" statements. It's their actions, their visual choices, the stories they tell that really tell us who a brand is.